What must be abolished so that democracy may finally rise? Oil — as an industry and as a form of social organization.
The mechanical operations of a transit system, the social life of a public library, the overload of hospital emergency rooms: all can be intoned through algorhythmic analysis.
In Japanese architecture and science fiction from the 1960s through the 1990s, we can trace an enduring question: “how to make substantial architecture when substantial things are losing their meaning.”
Design and the Green New Deal
If landscape architects want to remake the world, we can start by remaking our discipline.
Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning
An urban historian assesses the complex legacy of Jane Jacobs, including the rise of community activism and the marginalization of professional planning.
Kiruna, Forever Changing
The forced relocation of the northernmost city in Sweden is more than a gigantic architectural project. It is also a test for a society at the crossroads.
Hagia Sophia Past and Future
The reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is hardly a radical act. Given its complex history, the extraordinary edifice has the potential to support multiple religious practices.
Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards
The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?